PointNine Lintas India announces leadership line-up for Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore

L-R Sumanta Ganguly Ameer Ismail Vikas Mehta  Sriharsh Grandhe.jpgPointNine Lintas, the newest independent agency from the MullenLowe Lintas Group, has announced the first set of names in its leadership team. It's a lineup of senior domain-experts that will work with the CEO, Vikas Mehta. All teams of PointNine Lintas will be co-located in offices in Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore respectively.

Ameer Ismail has been named Chief Growth Officer, Sumanta Ganguly takes on the role of National Director - Digital Marketing & Transformation and Sriharsh Grandhe will be National Director - Consumer Engagement. Along with Mehta; Ismail, Ganguly and Grandhe will work with clients to build bespoke agency solutions geared to maximize return-on-marketing-investments.
Speaking of the lineup Mehta said, "The biggest challenge in getting an omni-channel model right is the ability to bring multi-disciplinary expertise together upfront. This leadership team is made up of seasoned practitioners. It allows us to bring multiple disciplines to the table right at the start and offer clients, a customised agency team that's built around their brand opportunities. This is in sharp contrast to the administrative structure most agencies follow for their verticals. We are lucky to have experts like Ameer, Sumanta and Sriharsh within the organisation, to be my co-founders at PointNine Lintas."

As Chief Growth Officer, Ismail's mandate will be to work with clients towards creating growth strategies and build full-service agency teams. Ismail commented, "I believe a truly omni-channel agency is imperative for today's market. We will be amongst very few agencies that kick start with such a deep and diverse capability line-up. To exploit the full potential of our offering, my role as Chief Growth Officer will be to create a dynamic strategy that will ensure PointNine Lintas works with some of the best brands and develops into one of the most significant agencies in the country."

The consumer engagement practice for PointNine Lintas; including activation, experiential and shopper marketing; will be led by Grandhe. His mandate will be to author go-to-market programs built around physical and digital consumer-journeys. Grandhe will also be involved in developing the agency's product -stack of mar-tech offerings.

Grandhe said, "Over the last two years at LinEngage, a considerable effort has been made on creating effectiveness for our clients and we have successfully demonstrated reach-to-conversion ratios as healthy as 35%. We have worked closely with a few of our longstanding clients to experiment and continually improve on engagement KPI's. At PointNine Lintas, the goal would be to take these models to even more touch-points to create greater business impact."

The digital practice for PointNine Lintas will be led by Ganguly. His mandate will be to place platforms, technology, devices and ecosystems at the heart of marketing programs in the early stages of brand development. Ganguly said, "Digital is no longer the purview of communication alone, today it's leading the discussion of business transformations. We are at the crossroads of design, data and platforms, and will continue to focus on digital transformation stories for a larger set of clients at PointNine Lintas."

Ismail, Grandhe and Ganguly will retain their divisional responsibilities for GolinOpinion, LinEngage and LinTeractive respectively. Explaining the rationale behind this choice, Mehta added, "One of the big reasons why full-service is preached more often than practiced, is because every skill-set comes with its own administrative layers. For example, when you need a PR expert, you also inherit the administrative layer of a PR agency. In a day-to-day working scenario, this becomes a major barrier to collaboration. We've made a conscious choice to cast our best minds as both, 'practitioners' and 'managers' making it easier to collaborate seamlessly."

The agency is planning more additions to the leadership team, which will be announced in the coming days.

Photo caption: L-R Sumanta Ganguly, Ameer Ismail, Vikas Mehta and Sriharsh Grandhe

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